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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Environmental Center will host the Second Annual Susquehanna River Initiative Symposium on Saturday, Sept. 29.

The title of the day-long symposium is "Pennsylvania Abandoned Mine Drainage Remediation: Seeking Common Ground Along the Susquehanna."

"Anthracite coal mining has a legacy that is both proud and troubling," said Carl Kirby, associate professor of geology at Bucknell. "Anthracite fueled economic growth in this country, and it still provides employment in the Eastern Pennsylvania region. Historical mining without environmental regulation also left a scarred landscape and polluted water, both of which are slowly being healed.

Healing past scars
"This symposium aims to bring together citizens whose goals include continuing production of anthracite coal, environmental protection, and healing the land from past scars."

(Listen to a podcast about the upcoming symposium.)

In addition, WVIA-TV will premiere a new documentary, "Hope for Polluted Waters," at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at the Campus Theatre on Market Street in Lewisburg, Pa.

'Hope for Polluted Waters'
Producer Kelly Donaldson said "Hope for Polluted Waters" tells the personal stories of volunteers working throughout the coal-mining regions of Pennsylvania to clean up pollution from abandoned coal mines.

"Historic coal-mining practices have polluted over 4,600 miles of once pristine waterways, left over 200,000 acres of land scarred and barren, and have left communities with the burden," Donaldson said. "While the problem seems overwhelming, and might make most people accept defeat — that's not what's happening in Pennsylvania. People are turning this problem around, and in many cases, returning life to streams that have been dead for over 50 years."

In addition to the Bucknell University Environmental Center, the symposium is co-sponsored by the Henry Luce Foundation, the Susquehanna River Heartland Coalition for Environmental Studies, Geisinger Center for Health Research, and the Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation.

Registration for the symposium which begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. in the Elaine Langone Center, is $10 per person. Register by e-mailing or calling Kim DiRocco at 570-577-1421 by Friday, Sept. 21.

More information is available at the symposium's Web site.

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted Sept. 17, 2007